School Grounds: How They Are Abused

"Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more." -Tony Robbins

December 7, 2018

The school grounds are a place of privilege. Open to those who are willing to take a step further and pursue something more than learning or knowledge. But first, before pursuing something greater, the foundation to your greatness requires responsibility and respect.

Coming onto the school grounds after a bad sleep, or a short nap, and you are on your way to your first class. You step on something squishy and stop to check your foot. A pink, warm piece of gum on your shoe. The school is a place of learning, equipped with teachers to teach, ground to walk on, food to feast on, trash bins for your trash and restrooms for… you know.

But how can any of these take place when the ground you walk on isn’t treated how it’s supposed to be treated? Plenty of food, trash and gum is left on the floor after break or lunch. These don’t just magically buildup and disappear over time. Someone has to physically pick it up for you. School is a place where you make a path for your future but first before you can pursue your future, the foundation must be respected.

There are plenty of simple alternatives that prevent introducing the ground to hard-to-remove substances and vandalizing:

1. Throw Away Your Trash

It’s a very simple alternative than just leaving it on the cafeteria tables or dumping it on the floor. On any public grounds, especially school grounds, there are bound to be a trash bins around the corner or even a couple steps from where you and your friends usually sit. To anyone’s surprise, it only takes a couple seconds.

2. Don’t Destroy Your Surroundings

Classrooms, restrooms and places outside of these rooms should stay in the same condition from when you entered to when you left. Everyday, there are graffiti on the walls of the bathroom, floor and stalls. Things that we use like seats, tables and the bathroom are destroyed. A simple solution is to avoid breaking things. Unlike children, teens and adults should have more control than a five-year old child.

3.  Show Some Respect

This isn’t as difficult as having to perform some grand miracle or a title. To the school, the place where the path for your future is created, keep it clean and show some respect. It’s as simple as to treat it like your car or a new pair of shoes.

School is a place of privilege and the foundation to your future. How you treat this foundation will reflect how you treat your future. So do yourself a favor and take care of everything surrounding you.

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